Is the Devil the First Identity Thief?

Identity Theft

Is the Devil the First Identity Thief?

Is the Devil the First Identity Thief?

Consider the qualities commonly associated with thieves: Sneaky. Deceptive. Selfish. Do those traits sound familiar? They sounded downright devilish to one blogger, who was one of the 70 million Target customers whose information was compromised in the data breach the company suffered during the holiday season. As long as technology has enabled hackers, consumers have... Read More

Could Your Credit Card Be Safer?

Credit Cards

Could Your Credit Card Be Safer?

Could Your Credit Card Be Safer?

The aftermath of the Target data breach has continued to fuel the conversation around credit card security in the United States. A lot of people think it’s sub-par. It boils down to technology: In the U.S., you’re accustomed to swiping a card with a magnetic stripe through a card reader, but if you’re traveling in... Read More

4 Ways to Save for College

Students

4 Ways to Save for College

4 Ways to Save for College

It’s no secret that the cost of college is increasing. It has actually eclipsed the pace of inflation, and total student loan debt is now higher than even credit card debt. But we also know that there’s a direct correlation between future success/income and going to college. So what’s a parent to do? You Must Save There’s really... Read More

Americans’ Biggest Motivations to Move This Year

Mortgages

Americans’ Biggest Motivations to Move This Year

Americans’ Biggest Motivations to Move This Year

Money is the chief motivator in American renters’ decision to move (or not to move) in 2014, according to a survey from Apartments.com. Among renters who plan to move this year, the most common reason (24.6%) they’re looking is because they want a cheaper apartment. For those planning to stay put, 47.3% said they couldn’t... Read More

What Is the Best Credit Score?

Credit Score

What Is the Best Credit Score?

What Is the Best Credit Score?

If you were to ask me, “What is the best credit score?” – and I get that question a lot – I would turn around and ask you a question: “Why do you want to know?” My answer to your question would depend on your answer to mine. That’s because I have found there are... Read More

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

Credit Cards

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

If you haven’t heard, the airline industry has all but given up trying to make a profit just by charging for airfare. The notion that these companies will stay in business by charging passengers for transportation has been replaced by a new model: Passengers pay for their tickets, but then face the possibility of many... Read More

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

Personal Finance

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

My grandfather, an Old World Italian guy who raised his younger brother in the aftermath of the Great Depression, never paid another person to work on his home. When I was 8 and he was sixty-something, I acted as his helper over my summer vacation as he rebuilt the porches on his duplex, including mixing... Read More

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

Credit Cards

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, pot is now a legitimate billion dollar business in America. But according to federal law, purchasing pot is illegal. So practically speaking, actually buying and selling marijuana is still a sticky situation. Because of... Read More

Michaels Reports Possible Data Breach

Identity Theft

Michaels Reports Possible Data Breach

Michaels Reports Possible Data Breach

Another major retail chain is reporting a possible data breach. On Jan. 25, Michaels announced it may have experienced a data security attack, and while the company is investigating possible fraudulent activity on payment cards used at Michaels stores, no breach has been confirmed. The company, based in Irving, Texas, and the largest chain specializing... Read More

How One Woman Paid Off Serious Credit Card Debt in 18 Months

Managing Debt

How One Woman Paid Off Serious Credit Card Debt in 18 Months

How One Woman Paid Off Serious Credit Card Debt in 18 Months

What’s the price of freedom? For Minnesota businesswoman and talk show host Lauri Flaquer, it was nearly $30,000. That was how much she owed in credit card debt, though she had no idea of the total. Until, inspired by Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, she went from the patio where she was reading and into... Read More

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